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Dick Reed, owner of the nation’s oldest RV driving school, is selling his business to one of his instructors and retiring.
Since forming Dick Reed’s RV Driving School LLC in 1991 in Ontario, Calif., Reed and his instruction staff have taught more than 6,000 students. Classes are offered year-round in Applegate, Ontario/Riverside and Yucca Valley, Calif., and Albany, Ore. Classes also are offered during the year in Ocala, Fla., Yuma, Ariz., Bowling Green, Ky., Lake George, N.Y., and Palmdale/Lancaster, Calif.
Traveling instructor Dennis Hill is buying the business from Reed. Hill has experience in over-the-road truck driving, transporting new RVs, as well as working as an instructor for Reed. He plans to expand with more instructors in additional locations as time goes on. Hill assumes ownership on Jan. 1, 2007.
Reed was an instructor in a school for truck drivers when he realized the need for instruction for RV owners, primarily in backing up and turning, two aspects which are the most common sources of accidents. He offers one- and two-day courses and covers everything from backing up and turning to proper use of engine, gears and brakes and campground maneuvering. Students receive one-on-one training while using their own RVs.
He sees a growing need for RV driving classes as more and more Baby Boomers decide to buy an RV.
“They want to live in these big units, but the fear of driving holds them back,” he said. “I sell confidence in driving.”